Manchester City v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews
May 02, 2017
Saturday May 6 – Etihad Stadium – Premier League
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City welcome Crystal Palace to the Etihad on Saturday, with the Blues desperate for a win to reignite their top four hopes.
Manchester City have a fine record in this fixture, winning the last five meetings, including a League and FA Cup win against the Eagles already this season. Palace’s last win against City came back in 2015.
Palace have a number of injury concerns ahead of their trip up north, particularly in defence. Centre back pair Mamadou Sakho and Scott Dann are both ruled out with knee and ankle injuries respectively.
Fellow defender James Tomkins is also sidelined with an ankle problem, as is midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who has a calf problem.
All four players missed Palace’s surprise defeat to Burnley, and Damien Delaney, Martin Kelly and James McArthur should all keep their places due to the injury situation.
Manchester City welcomed Gabriel Jesus back into their side for the draw against Middlesbrough, and the Brazilian made a goal scoring return.
However they set to be without Sergio Aguero, who picked up a groin strain in that game. The Argentina international will join David Silva and John Stones on the sidelines, with them out through knee and thigh injuries respectively.
Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is out for the remainder of the season with a calf problem, meaning Willy Caballero will continue in goal.
Manchester City v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
Manchester City’s quest for Champions League qualification took a hit through their 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough, and Guardiola’s men will be eager to put things right against Palace.
City remain in fourth place in the table, after Manchester United’s draw with Swansea and Arsenal’s defeat to Tottenham, but they need to put more daylight between themselves and their rivals.
They are without a win in their last three games in all competitions, but they should have enough to see off Palace on their home turf, with a home win at 2/9.
Palace could do with a win to guarantee their Premier League safety, but they may be too weak at the back to keep City out, although they should get on the score sheet, with a BTTS bet 4/7.
Manchester City to win 2-1 at 10/1
City need to get three points on the board to keep Champions League hopes going, and ensure that city rivals United do not catch up on them in the closing weeks of the season.
Jesus to score first at 5/2
Jesus’ return secured a point at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday, and his pace and goal threat will be a real handful for the Palace defence.